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2016 Technical Exchange – Risk-Informed Decisions Using Probabilistic Risk Assessments with an Understanding of the Behavior of Certain Key Risk-Driving Radionuclides

Interagency Steering Committee on Performance and Risk Assessment Community of Practice (P&RA CoP)
Annual Technical Exchange Meeting 2016
October 19 and 20, 2016
Germantown, Maryland

Theme: Risk-Informed Decisions Using Probabilistic Risk Assessments with an
Understanding of the Behavior of Certain Key Risk-Driving Radionuclides

Meeting Attendees
Biosketches of Speakers


7:30 – 8:00 am Registration
8:00 – 8:30 am DOE Management Remarks, Mr. Robert Seifert (DOE EM) (Video)
8:30 – 8:45 am P&RA CoP Status Updates, Dr. Ming Zhu (DOE EM) (Video)

Keynote Presentation:
8:45 – 9:45 am Risk Informing Regulations in an Uncertain World, Mr. Timothy McCartin (NRC) (Video)
9:45 – 10:00 am Break

Session 1: EPA and NRC Definitions, Policies, and Approaches for PRAs
10:00 am – 10:45 am The Use of Probabilistic Risk Assessment in Superfund, Dr. Alicia Frame (EPA) (Video)
10:45 am – 11:30 pm From Policy to Performance: NRC Risk Policy for Waste Management, Mr. Chris McKenney (NRC) (Video)
11:30 pm – 12:00 pm Panel Discussion, Mr. Timothy McCartin (NRC), Dr. Alicia Frame (EPA), and Mr. Chris McKenney (NRC) (Video)
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch

Session 2: International Experience, DOE EM Projects, and Regulators’ Perspectives
1:00 – 1:45 pm Recent Experience from the Review of a License Application for Construction of a Repository for Spent Nuclear Fuel at the Forsmark Site in Sweden, Dr. Bo Strömberg (SSM) (Video)
1:45 – 2:30 pm Hanford Site Waste Management Area C Performance Assessment, Mr. Marcel Bergeron (WRPS) and Drs. Matthew Kozak & Alaa Aly (INTERA) (Video)
2:30 – 2:45 pm LFRG Review of Waste Management Area C Performance Assessment, Ms. Sherri Ross (DOE SRS) (Video)
2:45 – 3:00 pm Break
3:00 – 3:45 pm PRA in Support of Options Analysis for Long-term Waste Disposition, Dr. Paul Black (Neptune) (Video)
3:45 – 4:30 pm Modernization of WIPP PA, Mr. Heeho Park (SNL) (Video)
4:30 – 5:15 pm Panel Discussion: Regulators’ Perspectives on the Use of PRA, Dr. Bo Strömberg (SSM), Ms. Cheryl Whalen & Dr. Dib Goswami (Washington Ecology), Dr. Edward Winner (Kentucky DEP), Mr. Jon Richards (EPA Region IV), and Ms. Kathy Economy (EPA) (Video)


Session 3: Releases and Transport of Certain Risk-Driving Radionuclides
8:00 – 8:45 am Evaluation and Interpretation of Properties for Emplaced Saltstone, Dr. Steven Simner (SRR) (Video)
8:45 – 9:30 am Evaluating 99Tc Release from Intact Saltstone Monoliths, Dr. John Seaman (Savannah River Ecology Laboratory – Univ. of Georgia) (Video)
9:30 – 9:45 am Break
9:45 – 10:30 am Radon Flux through Weathered Covers, Dr. Craig Benson (Univ. of Virginia/CRESP) (Video)
10:30 am – 11 am Panel Discussion, Dr. Steven Simner (SRR), Dr. John Seaman (Univ. of Georgia), and Dr. Craig Benson (Univ. of Virginia) (Video)

Session 4: Software Qualification Requirements
11:00 – 11:45 am Best Practices/Lessons Learned from Software Qualification and Model Verification, Dr. Greg Flach (SRNL) (Video)
11:45 – 1:00 pm Lunch

Session 4: Software Qualification Requirements (ctd)
1:00 – 1:45 pm NRC Technical Review of the QA Documentation for the CBP Toolbox, Dr. George Alexander (NRC) (Video)
1:45 – 2:30 pm Panel Discussion, Dr. Greg Flach (SRNL), Dr. George Alexander (NRC), and Dr. Kevin Brown (Vanderbilt Univ./CRESP) (Video)
2:30 – 2:45 pm Break

Session 5: Other Program Updates and Open Discussion
2:45 – 3:30 pm Application of ASCEM to SRS F Area Seepage Study, Ms. Carol Eddy-Dilek (SRNL) & Dr. Haruko Wainwright (LBNL, Invited) (Video)
3:30 – 4:15 pm Evaluating Wasteform Leaching and Performance, Dr. Kevin Brown (Vanderbilt Univ./CRESP) (Video)
4:15 – 5:00 pm Discussions, All Participants (Video)
5:00 – 5:15 pm Acknowledgements and Closing Remarks, Mr. Robert Seifert & Dr. Ming Zhu (DOE EM) (Video)

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